913 Canyon Creek Sq|
Richardson TX 75080
|Record #8964 |
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Canyon Creek Twin|
Information for this tour was contributed by Mark Richey.
Unlike every other theater that’s been built in Plano or Richardson since the mid-60s, the Canyon Creek was not built at a major intersection. Instead, it was built in a new shopping center at the very quiet corner of Custer and Lookout in Richardson, about a mile south of the Plano city limits (ads for the theater always listed it being in "Plano-Richardson"). Even today, over 25 years later, the intersection still has 4-way stop signs.
Opening day was April 5, 1974, when it showed "MASH" and a double feature of "The Daring Dobermans" and "The Doberman Gang". The first week ad also highlighted a special deal on a meal at the Bonanza Steakhouse next door with a ticket stub. Indeed, most of the early ads for the theater highlighted the "dinner-and-a-movie" concept.
Between its opening and 1980, the theater steadily slipped from a first-run theater to a sub run on down to a dollar theater.
Its final day as an English-language theater seems to have been November 28, 1982, when it ran "For Your Eyes Only", "Pink Floyd: The Wall" and "Annie". After that, I’m not positive about exactly what happened. By the April, 1983 phone book, the theater was listed under the name Victory Theater. I know at some point in the 1980s, it began running Asian films (we would occasionally drive by the theater and shopping center, and I remembered seeing the figures on the marquee). I’m not sure when it closed down (the 1989 phonebook does not list the Victory). The theater space (not to mention the Bonanza space) has since been taken over by a catering and banquet business.
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